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Angry “Bobbies” on strike? Difficult..any law amendment will be blocked by Parliament.

Photo of Metropolitan Police. The nickname ´Bobbies´ come from the founder of the ´Met´Police, Sir Rpbert Peel.

British police officers angry with the coalition government’s plans to cut jobs and freeze pay will vote on whether they want the right to strike, the body representing them said on Thursday.

The Police Federation, which represents 135,000 ordinary “bobbies” and low ranking officers in England and Wales, said the move to seek full industrial rights showed its members were infuriated by the government’s austerity drive.

“Officers genuinely feel what the government is doing is decimating the best of British policing,” a Federation spokesman said. “The victim of that decimation will be the British public.”

Britain’s Conservative-led coalition is seeking to make cuts of some 20 percent to police budgets as part of wider austerity measures designed to reduce a huge budget deficit. READ MORE HERE